Okay I just put that 'mic drop' thing in the headline to get you to click. Max Gladstone said that, he's a cool guy and you should buy his books.
Hi! I'm Seth, I write books and games. I just turned 31 which means I'm now an old. I've published three novels (including THE TYRANT BARU CORMORANT, out now!) and a lot a of short stories. I've also written lore for Destiny, Godfall, and House of the Dying Sun. If you're a game dev please hire me, I work fast and I'm constantly broke!
We pitched the Baru Cormorant novels as Game of Thrones meets Guns, Germs, and Steel, with an eye to attacking both. Baru is a brilliant young woman from a colonized island who decides to take down an insidious, conquering empire from the inside—by working her way into the innermost cabal of their rulers using the power of high finance.
In my spare time I work on Blue Planet, a fan-made sequel... keep reading on reddit ➡
The Traitor Baru Cormorant is a book that makes me want to be a writer, while simultaneously making me despair of ever doing so half as well as the author.
This is a book which flenses your heart.
Like Baru, it is an examination of power and control. How are we shaped by power when we wield it? When it is wielded against us? When we turn to the tools of our oppressors to rise, is it by our design or theirs? It is no accident that core players of the Masquerade seek to understand the nature of power; they wade in a sea of it and seek to understand the very core elements. What is controlled by nature? What is controlled by nurture?
This is a book which offers hard lessons, but no answers. It offers hope, but never without pain. There is no progress without abandoning the past. When we abandon that past, what else do we leave behind?
It does all of this with some of the best craftsmanship I’ve seen. The prose is beautiful and intentional to a degree I rarely see. It rewards deepe... keep reading on reddit ➡
The Tyrant Baru Cormorant, like both of its predecessors, is a bit of a fantasy anomaly to me. All three books are dense, confusing, and lack many of the really fantastical elements of a fantasy novel. Little thought is given to the idea of conquering in battle, focusing instead on reshaping entire cultures' ideologies and economics, like playing Civilization as the Netherlands. There's relatively brief swordplay and the main character is an accountant and economic savant who makes John Maynard Keynes look like a poster on WallStreetBets. It's the sort of nearly-pretentious setup that I would never have expected to become one of my favorite series ever when I first started The Monster Baru Cormorant, yet here we are.
Tyrant picks up almost exactly where Monster left off, with Baru and her many frienemies captured by the >!Cancrioth!< and awaiting whatever horrors are about to be visited upon them. And make no mistake, horrors are visited upon everyone with far reaching effects.... keep reading on reddit ➡
I have a lot to say about this book. TLDR: it was great.
Now for the long version.
I read Monster immediately before reading Tyrant. Monster had been lurking on Mt. Readmore since it came out, and getting an ARC of Tyrant finally pushed it to the top of the queue, for obvious reasons. So I basically read them as one big book, and I’m glad that I did.
Monster is about a broken Baru. Bluntly, I didn’t like Baru in Monster. I could certainly empathize with her, but I didn’t like her. She was simply in too dark a place. She was prepared to do anything that would punish herself (because she felt she deserved it, because of Tain Hu’s death) and she was prepared to do ANYTHING to further her goal of destroying Falcrest (because to do any less would have meant Tain Hu’s death wasn’t worth it). I can appreciate a character crossing a moral event horizon, but it’s not exactly pleasant when that person is the protagonist, she’s judging herself far too harshly, and you’re spendi... keep reading on reddit ➡
I thought it had been delayed until September 15 (the same day The Trouble With Peace is supposed to come out so that would have been a thing). I was checking the Amazon product page and it says it is coming out August 11, 2020.
Shit, shit, shit I am going to get nothing done tomorrow. Good thing I don't have to work. SHIT, I wanted to re-read the second one; I'm going to get nothing done today!
>Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.
>The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They'll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She'll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she'll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.
>In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery - and conceal her attraction to the dange
While this review will not contain spoilers for Tyrant, this review is written with the assumption the reader has read Traitor and Monster, and as such, will contain spoilers for the previous books.
Summary: The hunt is over. After fifteen years of lies and sacrifice, Baru Cormorant has the power to destroy the Imperial Republic of Falcrest that she pretends to serve. The secret society called the Cancrioth is real, and Baru is among them.
But the Cancrioth's weapon cannot distinguish the guilty from the innocent. If it escapes quarantine, the ancient hemorrhagic plague called the Kettling will kill hundreds of millions...not just in Falcrest, but all across the world. History will end in a black bloodstain.
Is that justice? Is this really what Tain Hu hoped for when she sacrificed herself?
Baru's enemies close in from all sides. Baru's own mind teeters on the edge of madness or shattering revelation. Now she must choose between genocidal revenge and a fa... keep reading on reddit ➡
I recently finished Tyrant, and I have thoughts, Do you have thoughts?
I loved the books!
Obviously spoilers people! Seriously spoilers, if you haven't read this book yet Stay out.
I'm not usually one for detective work but lets get down to business.
I wouldn't be surprised if Aminata is Kindalana's daughter.
Also, i've read some hints that Hesychast' secret is the same as Kindalana, and that the father of the child I unsure.
I hope that's not true, since, eww, that could mean that Hesychast fucked his daughter in Monster. Which is definitely on brand for this series, but I don't want it!
Also, If my colonial history of things like the VOC, WIC and India Company is anything to go by, I'm sure Baru's venture will go swimmingly, and will definitely empower all the new trading partners in the new trade-concern at no cost to their identity, autonomy and culture. This is already hinted at in the text, but its still unclear if Baru is naive about this, or if this is a pric... keep reading on reddit ➡
We have reached the end of The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Hopefully you all enjoyed this month's book. As always you will find some discussion questions below, but feel free to just talk about what you thought of the book. Don't forget to join us on Monday, August 31st for Seth Dickinson's AMA!
>I see your strategy, Tain Hu, Baru thinks. I see the order of battle. You go to your death with exquisite loyalty. I measure my treason against your faith and it eats me up, now and for the rest of my life. It is the most hurt you can manage. It will work.
Welcome to the first discussion thread for August Book Club in which we will cover Chapter 1 through 7 of The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.
> Remorseless not out of cruelty or hate but because it was too vast and too set on its destiny to care for the small tragedies of its growth.
Often in Fantasy the empire the protagonist fights against conquers areas through military means. How is your perception of The Masquerade influenced by the fact that they conquer through trade and other means? Does that make them appear more or less dangerous?
Who do you think Cairdine Farrier truly is?
Why do you think Baru was sent to Aurdwynn? Is it a punishment?
Where do you think the biggest danger for Baru is going to come from?
This thread allows for a spoiler discussion of up to and including Chapter 7. If you would like to discuss anything beyond that point, please use spoiler tags. If you are on the re... keep reading on reddit ➡
I just finished Book 2 in the Baru series and was a bit underwhelmed compared to Book 1. Had no idea that Tyrant was coming out though and am debating on whether or not to jump into it or give it some breathing room, and I was curious if anyone has finished it off in the last 2 days and can weigh in here.
If it's useful info, Book 2 for me had far less of the clever economic scheming and bureaucracy abuse that I thought was so fascinating in Book 1 and made the world seem a little small to me with how diminished the supposedly powerful MCs were made to seem. Would love to know if this trend continues in Tyrant or not. Also, Tyrant seems way longer than Traitor which has me worried a little given Traitor's pacing...
Does anyone got any information on the roast of this particular roaster? Is it consistent? Can you do back to back roasts? Does anyone even use this roaster? Any help would be appreciated as I am looking into buying one in the near future.
Hey guys ,
I'm excited to read the The Traitor Baru Cormorant, but have come to find out I have forgotten almost everything about The Monster Baru Cormorant . I would be extremely grateful if someone could quick summarize what happened in the book . The more spoilers ,the better .Thank you !
The double Small shield extender + 2 shield purger rig muninn
A must have to conquier fountain.
Any suggestion for the armor type for a Sarisa Cormorant? Is it better to put 4R on a Sarisa?
Heyo! Almost done building my Cormorant Navy, and I’m wondering what kind of fitting I should follow.
Mostly for solo ratting.
Does it make sense to follow the recommended fits from the menu?
And last, is there any source for fits to refer too?
Thanks in advance!
So im pretty new and am really enjoying the game so far.
Was wondering if anyone could tell me how i should fit the cormorant sense im skilling in to railguns.
Or let me know if there is a better choice for a railgun play style?
Welcome to the second discussion thread for August Book Club in which we will cover Chapter 8 through 16 of The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. The action sure picked up in these chapters. Here are the discussion questions:
> How could she forget that? How could she weigh cousin Lao and Father Salm more heavily than the fate of nations? Surely that would be irrational. Surely it would be better to walk the narrow, safe path. To remain an Imperial Accountant, rather than daring everything on this incredible gambit.
> "Your tactics are self-centered. You have forgotten that you are not the only player on the board, that inherent talent speaks for no more than experience, and that others around you seek to expand their authority and constrain yours. Your error is fundamental... keep reading on reddit ➡
I'm still learning this game so maybe Cormorants are awesome but they seem to die a lot to some weapon called a chemo. I thought it was a Titan superweapon at first but I can't find it searching in the market. Do chemos work on other ships that well?
Also Cormorants are really expensive ships for being so delicate. 35 million ISK! Whoever is selling them must be space rich lol. https://i.imgur.com/JAP8KGy.png
I know fights like this are frustrating, but stick with it. Some of the FCs are new to Cormorants and are still learning, and at 35M ISK each it's a cheap fleet to learn on. Let the goonies hurf and blurf all they want. TEST got its SRP situation sorted over the weekend so as soon as you file you should have ISK to buy a new ship in a few hours max.
Let me preface this by saying I didn't care for the book even though I REALLY wanted to like it. And since it seems like the second one isn't an improvement, I'm probably not going to continue. However, this is certainly a very interesting book and unique, and would recommend people read it to make up their own minds.
I enjoy darker, more realistic fantasy so I had really high expectations for this book. I'll start with the good. This is very different from most fantasy you read. Not only is the protagonist is a closeted lesbian in a homophobic society, there is a pretty well-constructed colonial society and economy. Dickinson does a great job of dissecting how the imperial economy destroys native cultures and how the Masquerade works at eradicating native cultures.
I did find it fascinating to see a main character who was an accountant, and I enjoyed the first third of the book where she used her financial acumen to defeat a rebellion. The only gripes I had is that Baru is often ref... keep reading on reddit ➡
Welcome to the third discussion thread for August Book Club in which we will cover Chapter 17 through 24 of The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. We are getting closer to the climax of the story. Here are the discussion questions:
> "How?" He smiled rapturously, some trigger hammering the strings inside him. "The hand of the Throne moves us all?
What do you think Purity Cartone by this? What do you think happened to him?
What do you think happened to Muire Lo? Do you think Baru asking for him to be brought to her was a mistake?
Is Baru still making the same mistakes as earlier in the book (not considering that the other people are also players that make their own decisions) or is she making new ones?
> "I have committed a terrible crime," she said, voice firm, controlled, machined to a polish. "So terrible that I feel I can do anything, commit any sin, betray any trust, because no matter what ruin I make of myself, it cannot be worse than I h... keep reading on reddit ➡